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Rising Voices Roundup: Aug 29 – Sept 16

News from Rising Voices

A very happy second birthday to Amigos de Januária, one of our 2011 grantee projects. Agradecemos a todos os leitores!!! See their recent work at: www.amigosdejanuaria.wordpress.com

An Ache Djawu photo from their blog, from the comunidad Chupa Pou.

An Ache Djawu photo from their blog, from the comunidad Chupa Pou.

Also take a look at the Ache Djawu project (a former RV micrograntee) in Paraguay where participants are posting photos from smartphones from their communities http://achedjawu.org

From the RV blog

First Training with Dizha Kieru Radio Team: A town with its own cellular network: Dizha Kieru, one of this year's micrograntees, held a training session about how to best use this new technology, an SMS system allowing radio team members to send out news and text messages directly to inhabitants’ phones in the village at no cost.

Becoming a Community Photographer: A Window Into the “Real India”: “Storytelling Through Photography” workshops taught photo documentary skills to local community reporter-activists, illustrating daily life and its difficulties in rural India, a project collaboratively run by Video Volunteers and the Magnum Foundation.

Story-Making Machines: Zeega: Rising Voices republishes an interview conducted by Transom.org, who spoke with Kara Oehler, the co-founder of Zeega, a new form of interactive media, enabling anyone to tell stories by combining media from the cloud, curating, remixing, and sharing it with the world.

A poster from the Dizha Kieru project in Mexico, proclaiming the newly available communication services.

A poster from the Dizha Kieru project in Mexico, proclaiming the newly available communication services.

Where is Media in America? An Interview with Michael Copps: Rising Voices asks former US Federal Communications Commissioner to comment on the current state of media access in America, and what its future might look like.

Zapoteco Community Launches Autonomous Cellular Network: A rural indigenous village in the mountains of Oaxaca teams up with the NGO Rhizomatica to form the first autonomous, community-run cellular network in the world. The project, Dizha Kieru, is one of this year's Rising Voices micrograntees.

Awards, Competitions, and Grants

The Web We Want project has a small grants program now open for projects working to make the web free, open and accessible, supporting national advocacy and campaigning efforts, with an emphasis on the Global South. Find out more about applying here: http://bit.ly/14gYT4n (also posted in French and Spanish).

Bloggers and journalists from all around the world are encouraged to submit their work to the United Nations Environment Programme travel award on a topic related to the GEO-5 / Latin America and Caribbean region. Deadline Oct 15. http://bit.ly/1aCaoWQ

The African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas on health. This is the second round of its pan-African journalism competition. The Story Challenge is a project by the African Media Initiative in partnership with the International Center for Journalists. 20 projects will receive $20,000 in grants. See more at http://ow.ly/oDc0a 

The Arab Culture Fund is organizing a video competition entitled “Why culture?” a challenge to deliver a concept on why culture matters in a two-minute video. The deadline is Nov. 22. http://bit.ly/15XfR8M

Learning

World Press Photo is hosting a course for professional visual journalists from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco & Tunisia; participants will receive a EUR2,000 grant to produce a high-quality multimedia story – deadline Sept 23; travel covered http://ow.ly/ojkxN (also posted in French and in Arabic).

Thompson Reuters Foundation will run a course to assist journalists in combating corruption, offering sessions on defining and recognizing corruption and writing campaigns on the subject – in London and Wales December 2013. Application deadline 16 Sept. http://bit.ly/18HvZGj 

Syrian journalists can attend a BBC Media Action training in Lebanon in the areas of professional journalism, new media and management – deadline Sept 25. http://ow.ly/oJYDz 

A photograph from the Video Volunteers/ Magnum Foundation workshops in India: Usha Patel photographs milk cooperatives run by women in Uttar Pradesh. See the RV blog for more.

A photograph from the Video Volunteers/ Magnum Foundation workshops in India: Usha Patel photographs milk cooperatives run by women in Uttar Pradesh. See the RV blog for more.

Ártica online, un centro cultural 2.0 uruguayo, acaba de lanzar su curso online gratuito y abierto “Arte y cultura en circulación: Crear y compartir en tiempos digitales” http://bit.ly/1cOX3Yw

Resources

Check out Mozilla Webmaker and its teaching kit designed to make it easy for teachers to bring technology into the classroom, allowing students to respond to stories from the New York Times, combining writing projects with beginner coding and web skills http://ow.ly/oIN1s 

A list of 10 digital tools journalists can use to improve their reporting and storytelling: http://bit.ly/15Ri8Co

… and translated resources

Working in a sensitive situation, documenting human rights abuse? Witness has developed a new guide to help activists safeguard and archive their videos for future human rights evidence. More about it here: http://bit.ly/198rE1c (available in English, Arabic, and Spanish).

The Data Journalism Handbook, a free and open-source guide to this emerging field, is now available in Russian, Spanish and French.

Google Translate is working out the bugs in as it newly adds African languages : Somali, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Zulu. They're asking for help to evaluate their work: http://bit.ly/16kpFY6

Check out…

Crowdfunding project seeks to finance independent reporters: Publica, a non-profit investigative reporting and journalism agency in Brazil, has launched its first crowdfunding project. Publica will distribute ten grants of 6 thousand reais (2,500 US dollars) for investigative projects chosen by the public. http://bit.ly/1dPThzG 

Join in!

Wiki Loves Monuments is a race for citizens to show the best pictures of their heritage to the world – take pictures + upload them to Wikicommons, the Wikipedia multimedia repository while boosting your country's cultural heritage. Deadline to submit your photos of your local monuments is 30 Sept. Find out how to join in here: http://bit.ly/19HrpKF

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